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Girl Scout Cookies Go Digital

December 11, 2014 Posted by Jessica Shofler in News, Nonprofits

After years of prohibiting digital sales of its cookies, Girl Scouts of the USA is moving the organization into the digital age with its “Digital Cookie” platform. Why did it take so long? The national organization, which sets policy regarding sales of cookies by the individual councils, was concerned that online sales would not teach …

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Proposed SUN Act Requires Increased Nonprofit Transparency

December 9, 2014 Posted by Jessica Shofler in Congressional ax, Donations, News, Nonprofits

Senator Jon Tester (D-Mont.) recently introduced the Sunlight for Unaccountable Nonprofits Act (The SUN Act), which would require that already public information about nonprofits (specifically, that included on their annual information returns) be made available to the public at no charge in an open, searchable format. The Act specifically would require the information provided be …

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IRS Top Tips for Year-End Charitable Donations

December 3, 2014 Posted by Jessica Shofler in Donations, IRS, News, Nonprofits

As individuals and businesses get ready to make their year-end charitable donations, the IRS provides its top tips about giving: 1. If you are making a charitable contribution of clothing and household items (e.g., furniture, furnishings, electronics), they must generally be in good used condition or better to be tax-deductible. Donors must get written acknowledgments …

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One Week Until Giving Tuesday!

November 25, 2014 Posted by Jessica Shofler in News, Nonprofits

Remember when we told you about Giving Tuesday last year? By now the familiar #GivingTuesday hashtag has probably started reemerging on all your favorite social media sites as it is being held on December 2, 2014. Over the Thanksgiving holiday, Giving Tuesday wants you to remember the event as an alternative to shopping events such as …

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GuideStar Looks Toward Second Revolution

November 18, 2014 Posted by Jessica Shofler in Donations, Fundraising, News, Nonprofits

After 20 years in business, GuideStar wants a facelift. The nonprofit information database (which you probably know as the place to find an organization’s Form 990) wants to execute a new strategic plan that it calls Guidestar 2020. GuideStar calls it the organization’s second revolution: “nonprofit transparency that drives nonprofit effectiveness.” The new plan includes …

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